It's fantasy playoff time in almost all leagues. It's where all the planning and time you put into the season becomes the true "any given Sunday" ethos of the NFL. Upsets happen all the time and more than any other time, you have to really understand the injuries and playing time issues. You simply can't take the zero or even a lower than expected output if you can at all help it.
A point here or there is the difference between playing next week and another year of coming so close, while thinking about next year. It's a time of year where anything is possible -- heck, I'm a member of the BBWAA, proving the case -- but as always, luck is the residue of design. To modernize that, luck is the residue of information. If you get the best information and use it to inform your decisions, you'll come out ahead much more often than not. Sure, sometimes you run into something like
One other quick request -- if you've been reading this column and used it to win the league, send me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear about it ... and yes, you can send one to blame me, too. Let's get to the injuries: